The action-packed war epic 300 is based on the historical novel by Frank Miller (author of Sim City) about the legendary Battle of Thermopylae. In 480 BC, King Leonidas (Gerald Butler) takes 300 Spartan soldiers through a narrow mountain pass to defend Greece against two hundred fifty thousand Persian invaders. Only after the Persian emperor XerXes (Rodrigo Santoro) sends wave after wave of soldiers into the pass to be slaughtered, does he finally decide to change his tactics. He decides to send several elephants, a mutant rhinoceros and masked soldiers called Immortals into the pass – all to no avail. (Maybe he should have sent the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.) Not until King Leonidas is betrayed does the tide turn. In the meantime, back in Sparta, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) has to deal with political revolt because her husband King Leonidas took his 300 best soldiers without permission. This is not just a bloody, violent film but, believe it or not, it’s also an artistic film. The acting all around is superb and Butler holds everyone’s attention with the conviction and anger in his voice. This is definitely not a film for the kids or the squeamish. There is unnecessary nudity in the dramatic scenes and plenty of carnage in the battle scenes. Since a large proportion of the largely male cast are portraying soldiers who are bare-chested most of the cast members had to spend 6 weeks on a rigorous training routine prior to shooting the movie. I asked my wife if any of the cast members looked like me and she said, “Yes, the water boy.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the outstanding CGI and live action so a B rating is the best I can give.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.